Vodka Sauce

Vodka Sauce Invariably, you will see Penne alla Vodka on nearly every Italian menu, restaurant or pizzeria.  Its very popular because it is smooth, rich, creamy and is a break … Read More


Artichokes The Artichoke (Cynara Scolymus) has been around for thousands of years.  Today, artichokes are generally grown in Southern Italy and Sicily.  Sicilian artichokes are very tender, and are often roasted … Read More

Sunday Gravy

Sunday Gravy Sunday Gravy, meat sauce, or, the “Red Lead” as the character Tony Soprano used to call it.  My family too came from Newark, directly off the boat from … Read More

Hot Artichoke Dip

Hot Artichoke & Spinach Dip One of the most favorite appetizers at any fast casual restaurant is the artichoke dip.  Some serve it with tortilla chips, pita bread, or even … Read More

Mushroom Risotto

Mushroom Risotto Risotto is not difficult, just tedious. So many times I’ve given up on making it, but then I always attempt it again. The stirring, the adjusting, the tasting, … Read More

Lomo Saltado

Lomo Saltado Lomo Saltado is a Peruvian beef stir-fry dish.  Many do not realize that there was a large Chinese and Pacific Islanders who settled in Peru, and this is … Read More